Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics (inserts, shoes, and sandals) are molded specifically to provide the support requirements of your feet. When problems occur in your feet – even those that go unnoticed – subtle changes in the way you walk can cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics that can lead to pain and possibly more serious injury. Custom orthotics are essential tools in restoring the balance and alignment of your body through the gentle correction of foot abnormalities, thus reducing pain and discomfort.

How are custom orthotics made?

A licensed Chiromedics™ chiropractor will perform a focused history and physical exam, and use a foam impression cast to assist in the diagnosis of any foot abnormalities. The cast is then sent to the orthotic manufacturer’s laboratory whereby a custom-made orthotic is made specifically for you based on the data collected.

How do I know if I need custom orthotics?

Common signs and symptoms of poor foot mechanics that may benefit from custom orthotics can include:

• localized foot pain
• bunions and/or hammer toes
• foot arch/heel pain
• leg/knee pain
• hip pain
• low back pain

What conditions can custom orthotics assist in treating/preventing?

• Bunions
• Corns and Calluses
• Pes Planus (flat feet)
• Pes Cavus (high arch)
• Hallux Rigidus (stiff big toe)
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Heel Spurs
• Leg Length Discrepancy
• Metatarsalgia (pain in balls of feet)
• Interdigital Neuroma
• Diabetic Neuropathy
• Intermetatarsal Bursitis
• Knee/Hip/Low Back Pain

How often should I wear my custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics should be worn any time you are on your feet – at home, work, or during play. When orthotics are not worn as suggested, there is an increased risk that the pain/discomfort experienced prior to the use of the orthotics will return.

Why are custom orthotics so expensive?

Custom orthotics are specifically tailored to your foot and the requirements that you need. Special materials are used to make your custom orthotics strong and durable, and also provide you with the appropriate corrective additions to alleviate your symptoms.

How long do custom orthotics last?

The lifespan of orthotics will vary depending on how much and for what purpose they are being worn. If the orthotics are being worn everyday for light activities such as walking, they can last anywhere from 2-4 years.

What should I do if my custom orthotics are hurting my feet?

It is not uncommon to experience aches and pains in your feet and legs during the first few weeks of wearing your orthotics. This is normal and is an indication that your orthotics are working to correct your foot abnormalities. If the pain/discomfort persists beyond one month, your orthotics may need to be slightly adjusted, therefore, contact your health care practitioner.

Will OHIP cover my custom orthotics?

No. Some extended health care plans will cover the entire cost of orthotics or at least a percentage of the cost, however, coverage will vary depending on the insurance company and the type of plan you have.